Thu, Feb 7, 2013.
Manitoba-based singer Ingrid Gatin launches a new album this week with an East Coast swing, starting off tonight (Thursday, Feb. 7) at Moncton's Plan B. Called 1000 Lives, it features Gatin's haunting piano work, stirring vocals, and an eerie soundscape that features mournful violin, low notes on cello (or perhaps double-bass) rather than electric, and an antique feel throughout.
It's the piano that jumps out, not some perfect modern keyboard, or precise grand. Instead, it sounds like the old parlour upright that sat in Grandma's house, waiting for someone to set it free. It echoes like it's past its prime, strings rattling but still holding the tuning. And when she's not on that stool, Gatin switches to her accordian, again playing with hands a hundred years old. The slow waltz of Take These Walls sees her lay down the 1-2-3 beat on her accordian, a slight Parisienne feel to it, and a couple of layers of her harmonies.
Her soulful and lonely vocals recall the wide prairies and skies of her home, but also Gatin has a strong connection to New Brunswick, having served a term as artist-in-residence at Struts Gallery in Sackville. So it's a homecoming of sorts on these shows, as she'll also play a night at Struts. Here's her show schedule for the East Coast swing promoting 1000 Lives:
February 7th - Plan B Lounge - Moncton
February 8th - Baba's - Charlottetown
February 9th - Struts Gallery - Sackville
February 13th - The Company House - Halifax
February 14th - Studio Z - Wolfville
February 15th - The Old Confidence Lodge - Riverport, NS
February 16th - Wilser's - Fredericton
February 17th - The Dooryard Festival Presents... Woodstock
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).